ITC Sunfeast Dark Fantasy Choco Fills has become very popular in the Indian market .
In a serving size of 24 gm, the biscuit contains 121 Kcal, and a total sugar content of 9.05 gm, so weight watchers and those with lifestyle diseases should watch out!
This product has hydrogenated fat and so we do not recommend this as safe even for the healthy.
The foodnetindia rating for this product :-
foodnetindia safety rating : 3 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unsafe to very safe)
The product contains hydrogenated vegetable oil which is a known source of trans fatty acids or “trans-fats”, which are harmful to health. Tran-sfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
foodnetindia wholesomeness rating : 4 – (On a scale of 1 to 10 from very unbalanced nutrition profile to excellent nutrition profile)
The product contains milk solids and butter which are wholesome, but is loaded with sugar and vegetable fat and cannot be used as a substitute for a wholesome meal.
Ingredients in ITC Dark Fantasy Sunfeast Choco Fills which are a concern:
- Artificial Flavour(Chocolate)
- Edible vegetable oil
- Invert Syrup
- Liquid glucose
- Edible Common salt
- Hydrogenated vegetable oil
Artificial colour (chocolate, vanilla,milk)
This food product does not specify which flavours or flavouring substances have been used. The flavours should be specified as some of them have serious side effects and may not be suitable for infants, pregnant women or people who are allergic. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
By not specifying what these flavours and substances are, we are forced to consider what they are hiding and why would they be so reluctant to mention what they have used in the food product!
By this behaviour, these manufacturers expose people to possible allergens or toxins that could be avoided if consumers knew what they were.
Edible Vegetable Oil
This food product does not specify which edible vegetable oil has been used. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to avoid clearly stating what ingredients have been used.
Certain vegetable oils contain very large amounts of biologically active fats called Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could be harmful in excess. Excess polyunsaturated fats may react with oxygen and oxidised Omega-6 fats can damage body functions and perhaps even vital structures like DNA. In addition, consumers need clear information about the type of vegetable oil used, so that they can take action to maintain a healthy balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid consumption.
In addition, some people may be allergic to specific oils. Food allergies can sometimes be life threatening.
This food product does not specify which sugar has been used. This is important because different sugars have different metabolic effects. For example, Sucrose (Cane Sugar) is very different from Fructose (Fruit Sugar). Some foods use high fructose corn syrup which may be harmful in much lower quantities than sucrose. We believe that it is not responsible behaviour for a brand to not clearly state what ingredients have been used.
Inverted or invert sugar syrup is a mixture of glucose and fructose. It is used in several products such as honey, jam, golden syrup, etc. It is similar to high fructose corn syrup.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is increasingly being seen as a reason for the high incidence of metabolic diseases. It has negative metabolic effects at much smaller doses than sucrose.
Glucose syrup, also known as confectioner’s glucose, is a syrup made from the hydrolisis of starch. Glucose is a sugar.
Excessive sugar consumption is linked to a wide variety of metabolic diseases.
Certain manufacturers do not mention the quantity of salt contained in their products. High sodium diets have been known to be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. The recommended daily intake of salt is between 1-3 grams.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated fats are a source of trans fatty acids or “transfats”, which are harmful to health. Transfats increase the likelihood of heart disease, stroke, cancer and many other ailments.
Transfats are toxic and some cities like New York have banned them from use in restaurants.
Transfats have been shown to consistently be associated, in an intake-dependent way, with risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death. They may also be responsible for alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease and many more ailments..
Ingredients present in ITC Sunfeast Dark fantasy Choco Fills which are not a concern
IN 471 (mono and di glycerides of fatty acids)
IN 503(ii) (ammonium bicarbonate)
IN 322 (lecithins)
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